SFC Fritz Ludvig Magnusson, ARMY entered eternal rest on Sunday, October 9th, 2022. Fritz grew up in Denmark and left as a young man to return to New York where he was born in 1929 and enlisted in the United States Army specializing in Communications. A career soldier, he spoke 5 languages and assisted the military across Europe and served the Vietnam War.
Fritz “Grandpa Fritz” was known for his vivacious way of life. He lived wholeheartedly along with a great sense of humor and practical jokes. Fritz’s greatest pleasure was making those around him smile, and he devoted many years taking on the role of Santa Claus in El Paso, New Mexico and California. He was an exceptional family man and loved to travel.
Fritz originally retired in El Paso Texas where he spent many years working in the restaurant industry, owing 2 restaurants of his own. He then retired with his real estate in Ruidoso, NM, where he loved the sights of Sierra Blanca Mountain(s).
Fritz is survived by many family members in Sweden and Denmark, his two daughters Renee Magnusson and Britta Magnusson; stepdaughter Laurie Alexander; grand-daughters Tayler Quintana, Chantal Magnusson, and Courtney Magnusson; great grand children McKenzie Quintana, Levi Magnusson and Angelo Casas. Fritz was preceded in death by his son Harry Magnusson who passed in July of 2021. He has many step grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews that he loved dearly.
A visitation will be held from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM with a Celebration of Life beginning at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at Sunset Funeral Home- Americas, 9521 North Loop Dr, El Paso, Texas 79907. A graveside will follow at 3:00 PM at Fort Bliss National Cemetery, 5200 Fred Wilson Ave, El Paso, Texas 79906.